Michael joins Savitt Bruce & Willey from Jones Day in New York, where he represented clients in a variety of industries, including Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions, in major litigation.
Michael graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School after earning degrees from Seattle University and Fordham University. In between his study of philosophy and the law, Michael worked at Savitt Bruce & Willey as a legal assistant (and played shortstop on our softball team). During law school, he returned to the firm as its first summer associate.
Originally from Rochester, New York, Michael discovered the Northwest’s stunning landscape and progressive culture while studying at Seattle U. Outside of the office, he enjoys swimming, backpacking in the mountains, reading two novels at a time, and wearing his Yankees cap to Mariners games.
Areas of Practice
- Contracts and Commercial Litigation
- Corporate Governance
- Financial and Banking Litigation
- Securities Litigation
Prior Professional Experience
- Jones Day, New York City, NY, 2013-2017
In re Caesars Entertainment Operating Co., Inc., et al. Represented creditors of international casino operating company; successfully objected to debtor’s proposed reorganization plan; secured an increase in creditors’ asset recovery rate from 39 to 66 cents on the dollar. Obtained favorable settlement of creditors’ claims.
Harbinger Capital Partners LLC et al. v. Deere & Co. et al. Defended securities and common law fraud and breach of contract claims brought against a GPS manufacturer by investors; obtained dismissal of all claims against client on motion to dismiss; dismissal was upheld on appeal.
Shaw v. Shaw Pro bono representation of mother and children in family court; obtained final Orders of Protection against abusive spouse, full legal and residential custody of the children, and child-support order above state standards.
United States ex rel. Beverly Brown v. Celgene Corp. Defended pharmaceutical company in False Claims Act lawsuit brought by former sales representative on behalf of the U.S. government and various States claiming more than $40 billion in damages based on allegations of kickbacks paid to physicians to promote and prescribe off-label cancer-treatment drugs. Following successful motions practice, including motion to dismiss kickback allegations, case settled favorably.
Professional Associations & Leadership
- Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington
- American Bar Association
- New York Bar Association
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2013
- Dean’s Scholar
- Penn Law Journal of Business Law, 2011-2013
- Fordham University, M.A., Philosophy, 2008
- Loyola Fellow
- Seattle University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2005
- New York